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Hi I'm Brad

I was born in Hawaii, grew up in Alaska, and I live in Arizona. I am a husband and a father and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a high school graduate who tried college but it never stuck. I found myself in the ink business and have been happily employed in the packaging industry for 14 years. I have also worked construction, delivered uniforms, and commercial halibut fished. My main hobby right now is my family. I have a wife of 15 years, a 14 year old son and a 12 year old daughter. And a 10 year old cat named Jetfire. We can't forget him. When I was young and single and didn't have anything else to spend my money on, I got my pilots license and bought an airplane (with the help of my brother-in-law) and had quite a time flying around Alaska. A few years ago, I felt the need to aquire my helicopter pilots license and now have my commercial with instrument rating- rotary aircraft. I am not sure what I am going to do with it, but it is there. I love Arizona. Especially the winters. They feel just like Alaska summers, but longer. My future goals are to raise good kids and prepare myself to go on missions with my wife once they are off on their own.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon now because I know the Church to be true. My father was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but went inactive for a period of time. After I was born, missionaries found my parents in Hawaii and my mother was baptized there. They again stopped going to church and while I was growing up, we went sporadically to various churches. When I was 8 years old, my parents again became active members of the LDS church and my father baptized me in Norman Oklahoma. I was always active in the Church growing up, and I served in the Nevada Las Vegas Mission. I truly gained my testimony of the Gospel there. I have lived my life with and without the Gospel and there is no comparison. It isn't that life is any easier in the sense that everything is great all the time, but there is a sense of purpose and a peace when you know that you are on the right path. Testimony is what sustained the early members of the Church through their trials and it is what will sustain me through mine.

How I live my faith

I try to live the Gospel every day. I am not perfect my any means, but if I can help someone, I do. There was a guy in Yuma on my way to a plant I was doing work at one day. He had locked his keys in his car and was trying to get in. He didn't speak any english, and I only speak a little spanish, but I could tell he was getting desperate. I told him not to worry, that I would help him get into his car. It took an hour, and we had to go to Home Depot to get a wire to do it, but we got into his car. He was so happy that someone took the time to help him. It wasn't anything big on my part, but helping other people is important to me. I try to be a good citizen. I try to be actively engaged in the political process. I try to raise a good family and to instill the values of Jesus Christ into the daily decisions of myself and my family.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Brad
We are not a closed off society. We live in the world. This is intentional. We are taught that everyone on the earth is a son and daughter of God. We are required to help everyone, not just those with whom we worship. Show more Show less